Is there something wrong with the way police are being trained?
Is it a problem with the command structure? Are local politicians
demanding unrealistic results? What's going on? It seems to me that
the backlash from incidents like this could have exactly the opposite
result: worse, not better, law enforcement.
March 16, 2006
During the 2004 primaries, Howard Dean ended up being portrayed
as a wacky, angry, certifiably insane al-Qaeda loving communist.
I don't understand where this bogus Dean came from. Who was vilifying
him? And why? And how? I'm utterly bemused.
March 9, 2006
I live in Australia. I have read books by Jon Stewart and Al Franken
and really enjoyed both of them, but as a result of geographic distance
from the U.S., I really don't know which authors I should be looking
out for. I know to steer clear of nutters like Sean Hannity and
Ann Coulter, but beyond that I'm really in the dark. Could you perhaps
let me know who the best liberal authors (or podcast casters) are
so that I can try and track them down?
March 2, 2006
I'm not a liberal and I'll never be one. I'll oppose big government
financed by out-of-control taxes, nanny state welfare programs,
and the silly idea that we can make the world a better place by
wringing our hands and preaching earnest homilies at the UN, until
I die. But I'm fed up with Bush! Is there anything I can do, short
of joining the Democratic Party, to stop this madness?
February 16, 2006
What is "gerrymandering"? I know that somehow Tom DeLay was instrumental
in changing the Congressional districts in Texas to obtain a greater
number of Republican electoral votes, or a greater number of Republican
congressional seats. But how does this work?
February 9, 2006
I would really appreciate it if you could provide a succinct, talking
points type rebuttal to the Republicans' constant anti-tax rhetoric,
which they use to beat Democrats over the head.
February 2, 2006
I look at how Bush's poll numbers are again rising, despite his
obvious failures of leadership, and I am starting to wonder what
the use is in trying to fix a system for people who obviously don't
care and/or don't understand.
January 26, 2006
We have all read about the "shortcomings" of George W. and how he
may have been put into office. I would like your opinion on why,
what is the real agenda and who are the people behind the effort
it took to do this? Without this knowledge we are powerless to stop
the ruination of out country.
January 19, 2006
I am a fairly new convert to the left. I am a long-term supporter
of what the right wing once claimed to stand for; balanced budgets,
less intrusive government, isolationism. But one thing I don't embrace
is gun control. Why is gun control a liberal issue?
January 12, 2006
I'm aware that many Democrats think the Abramoff scandal is just
a Republican scandal, and no doubt there are Republicans out there
trying to blame Democrats. But I've done my own searching, and I
can't see how anyone could claim it's just one party. It looks to
me to be a scandal stretching across all party lines. In light of
this, what should we do?
January 5, 2006
Between the illegal domestic spying, Plamegate, and the
Abramoff scandal growing tentacles in every direction at once, I
have to wonder if "the world as we know it" is ending, politically
speaking. If so, what can we expect in a post-apocalyptic America?
And will all this shady financial stuff and illegal power-grabbing
take the Alito nomination and the fundy nutballs down in its wake?
December 15, 2005
I believe we're not far from developing some scientifically
valid way of predicting a tendency on the part of a fetus to develop
into a gay child. I also believe, based on my three decades living
in the Bible belt, that it would take all of fifteen minutes for
the fake Christians to find a way to justify aborting all of those
fetuses. Is this a valid concern? Does it necessitate modifying
my staunchly pro-choice stand?
December 8, 2005
If America's fundy Christians believe that America is supposed to
be a "Christian nation," what exactly does that imply?
Does a Christian nation declare unprovoked war? Is democracy even
Christian? What do you think a real "Christian nation"
would look like?
December 1, 2005
Assuming that the Republican Party will complete its work of self-destruction
in the next year, and that thereafter the American people don't
elect another Republican administration for a few decades, how long
will it take us to restore any kind of credibility, trust, and goodwill
in the world? If it's possible at all?
November 10, 2005
I don't want the military, the CIA or anyone else to practice
torture in my name. It seems Bush wants accused or suspected "terra-ists"
in CIA custody to think they might be tortured. Presumably, they'll
be so afraid of it they'll talk. Will they? Is this a valid way
to get evildoers to rat out their friends and prevent their nefarious
plans from succeeding?
October 27, 2005
I have noticed a general opinion that poverty is solely
the individual's fault. I think that it is this belief that is keeping
there from being more effort to help the poor. What causes this,
what as an individual can I do about it, and is there any hope for
October 20, 2005
It appears to me that there is one issue on which almost all Democrats
should be able to agree: Bush should be impeached. Given the current
state of affairs and the far-from-rosy prospects, my question, Auntie
Pinko, is: what on earth are Democratic members of Congress waiting
October 13, 2005
Didn't the American economy work better (fairly, productively) in
the '50s and '60s when there were some government restrictions on
major industries/services - such as the airlines, railroads, trucking
industry, oil production, and when the strong unions produced a
prosperous middle class?
October 6, 2005
The Bush Administration is a sewer of cronyism and graft. Please,
please, please, Auntie, tell me that the Democrats are going to
put a stop to cronyism, and that America is going to wake up to
the smelly mess that is the GOP, and pitch it out with the rest
of the toxic waste!
September 29, 2005
I'm starting to get worried about the rate Bush and the Republican
Congress are spending at now. A few billion here, a few billion
there, and pretty soon, what? A few hundred billion in Iraq, a few
hundred billion in transportation bill pork, and now we have to
clean up after Katrina, too? Where is all the money going to come
September 15, 2005
I admit that when I first heard Dennis Hastert say that New Orleans
shouldn't be rebuilt, I was furious-who is he to decide, for one
thing? But the more I read about the city and the engineering problems,
the more problematic it sounds, even to me. Is there a solution
to this problem?
September 8, 2005
The biggest disaster to hit the United States in my lifetime is
not named Katrina, it's called George W. Bush. I'm sorry I voted
for him. I'm ready to believe the Democrats could do better. Is
there any way to find out how without hearing about evil property
developers draining swamps, and allocating money for college women's
field hockey teams, and ensuring that gay men can be Scout Masters?
September 1, 2005
How much of a disaster will it be to have John Roberts on the Supreme
Court? What should Democrats do about it? Some people are saying
we could shoot ourselves in the foot if we oppose Roberts when there
are so many worse candidates. By Auntie Pinko
August 18, 2005
The recent eminent domain ruling by the Supreme Court has me a bit
perplexed. It seems like a blow to personal ownership rights and
a win for big business, things that I associate mostly with Republicans.
Why then would the left-leaning justices vote in favor of the ruling?
August 11, 2005
My name is John, and I'm a corporal in the USMC. I'm a Republican.
My question is: what is the best way to try to calm down a screaming
liberal, and help to present your side so that they can make a rational
decision on whether I'm just another idiot, or a person that has
put a lot of thought into his beliefs?
August 4, 2005
I'm having a hard time coming out as a liberal to my parents, who
are hardcore Bush-supporting Republicans. How do I approach them
in a way that won't cause too much familial disturbance?
July 28, 2005
Were the recent bombings in London designed by different
terrorists - ones who wanted to change Tony Blair's G8 agenda? The
same people who want the world to forget starving Africans and global
warming and instead stay focused on the war against terrorists?
Just an evil thought from a very skeptical citizen...
July 22, 2005
I'm a Christian. In fact, you could call me a fundamentalist Christian.
I've noticed a lot of Democrats show nothing but contempt for us
just because we tend to vote Republican. Can you help me understand
what it is about us the Democrats don't like?
July 15, 2005
A right-wing colleague stated: five percent of Americans pay 54
percent of all personal income taxes. They do not use more government
services than other Americans; they use fewer. Why is this fair?
July 7, 2005
I am a Republican as well as a daily reader of the Democratic Underground.
I am disheartened and saddened by the policies and actions of the
Bush administration, but I can't break myself from the assertion
that Democrats are simply becoming a party of anger. Any advice,
June 30, 2005
Although Air America Radio's popularity is growing, it is
still a very small part of the radio fare compared to the vast wasteland
of conservative talk radio. Do you think its possible for leftie
radio to ever reach the same popularity levels?
June 23, 2005
Let's assume Bush is guilty of the following: lies, lies, and more
lies. Since when is lying a crime? As they say on "Law and Order,"
if that's all you got on him, get back out on the streets and get
me something else. Because we can't convict him on 1st degree lying.
June 16, 2005
I want to join the fight, I want to help. I want to discuss things,
I want my opinion to be heard and to matter, I want to know the
correct people to ask my questions of, and be "someone" enough to
get them answered. How does one get into a position to know, and
to do, what I want?
June 9, 2005
I'm not old enough to remember Watergate. But from what I know,
it doesn't sound to me like Nixon did anything worse than what the
Bushies have been doing to Democrats for the last six years. How
come Nixon had to resign, but no one seems to care what Bush and
Rove, etc., are doing?
June 2, 2005
I am surrounded. Republicans everywhere. How do I work and interact
with these people on a day to day basis? How can I respect and admire
anyone who is pro-Bush or his administration? How do I not hold
these people in such contempt? Please tell me.
May 26, 2005
Did the Democrats win anything in the deal that was cut to keep
Senate Republicans from using the "nuclear option?" Wouldn't we
have been better off to just let the Republicans invoke the "nuclear
option," and have all the Democrats walk out and refuse to cooperate
with the raping of the checks and balances system?
May 19, 2005
Don't you think that rich Democrats are not any different than rich
Republicans? Or does being a rich Democrat somehow change the mindset
of a wealthy person to that of an altruistic proponent of charity
and their fellow man, while a rich Republican is automatically changed
to nothing more than a robber baron?
May 12, 2005
Polls show Republicans score higher on national defense and security
issues. This notion is so ingrained in the American public that
John Kerry, a documented war hero with a history of supporting defense
budgets, lost to a shirker like George Bush. How did Democrats get
a reputation for being weak on defense?
May 5, 2005
I am a member of the College Democrats at a university in Alabama.
We have tried reasoned discourse. We have tried protests. We have
tried public debates. None of them have worked. How can we get our
message out to the students and show that Democrats are not so far
to the left, but instead a mainstream ideal?
April 28, 2005
Conservatives today have their seemingly endless array of boogeymen
and scapegoats - the liberal media, the teachers' unions, trial
lawyers, etc. But it seems that few things rile up conservatives
more than "activist judges." My question is: what, in your opinion,
is the proper role of the judiciary?
April 21, 2005
Many if not nearly all on the left seem to advocate extreme
behavior if not violence when confronting the right, whether in
a protest, dialog, or other venues. The Democrats are the party
of tolerance, peace, understanding, and intellectual debate. Why
do I see so much which would lead me to believe otherwise? On balance,
it appears that the left has really gotten out of hand. What say
April 14, 2005
What kind of society do the Republicans envision if they get
their way? Are they seeking a return to the Middle Ages with some
sort of modern-day equivalent of serfs and vassals serving a hugely
wealthy few on bended knee? This is a serious question, by the way!
April 7, 2005
What can we do about the problems of an increasingly non-responsive
and out-of-control judiciary that refuses to uphold civil rights
laws, hate crimes statutes, and even the Constitutional rights to
privacy and free speech? Should all judges be elected for short
terms so that they are always accountable to the people? Why did
those dumb Founding Fathers make the judiciary so independent?
March 31, 2005
Has the GOP shot itself in the foot over the Terri Schiavo case
by allowing the spotlight to be shone on its radical element?
March 24, 2005
With Egypt announcing plans for democracy and new upraising in Lebanon,
the United States is giving itself tremendous amounts of credit
for creating a "domino democracy effect." How much of this is due
to the war in Iraq, and when, if ever, do we start giving Bush credit
March 17, 2005
Energy might be a big issue in 2008. So what would Auntie Pinko's
"National Energy Policy" encompass? Could Auntie's NEP keep us economically
competitive while also making us less reliant on energy imported
from unstable regions of the world?
March 10, 2005
I don't see why responsible people should have to bear the burden
for irresponsible people who overspend their income and can't say
"no" to their kids. What's wrong with bankruptcy reform? Shouldn't
people have to pay the price for their own irresponsibility?
March 3, 2005
In a recent column, you stated that the Democratic Party's one simple
promise should be that it "will not rest until any American willing
to work forty hours a week can support a family of four in safe
and decent living conditions." As a goal that sounds just wonderful.
But how is that to be achieved?
February 24, 2005
The Democratic Party has finally elected a Chair with a little backbone.
I've already signed on to the DNC website and left a feedback note
about the directions I think we should take in the next four years.
What would your advice to Dr. Dean be? Where do you think he should
take us over the next four years?
February 17, 2005
I am puzzled by the Democratic Party's seeming inability to avoid
fratricide. Will Rogers was right when he gave the following answer
to a question about his political affiliation: "I belong to no organized
political party. I am a Democrat." Is there hope?
February 10, 2005
I'm 9 months sober. I have a sponsor whose hard-hitting approach
to AA helped keep me sober when all else had failed; but now I'm
finding he applies that same black-and-white thinking to gays, liberal
organizations, and just about anything that doesn't fit into his
square head. My recovery has made me more mindful of my own views,
yet I don't want to become closed minded, the very thing I hate
about him. Do you have any insights?
February 3, 2005
Seems to me any system that requires for its success the complete
revision of human nature is, by definition, doomed. Isn't the strength
of capitalism and democracy the fact that they assume human nature
as we know it and attempt to weave a social cloth around it?
January 21, 2005
Everyone is all abuzz about the possible dismantling of Social Security.
I know there are definitely two schools of thought and yes, I'm
confused. What is your take on President Bush's proposed plan regarding
private investment accounts?
January 13, 2005
I am a libertarian-leaning conservative. My question for you is
actually rather simple. What do you think about the Soviet Union?
By Auntie Pinko
January 6, 2005
Since the election my husband has been in a deep depression. I know
this is a big problem but am hoping that you have some advice for
me. Since you are the voice of reason I'm hoping he will listen
December 16, 2004
What ARE we going to do about the increasingly obvious signs of
election finagling? How can we do something about this? When do
we stop acting beaten and start getting insistent on some real democracy
at home before trying to export it elsewhere?
December 9, 2004
The holidays are fast approaching, which means spending time with
my gun-toting, liberal-hating, ultra-conservative father. Any suggestions
about how to survive the holidays with your conservative relatives
without ending up in a huge screaming match?
December 2, 2004
Many of our progressive friends are already promoting Sen. Hillary
Clinton as their favored candidate for 2008. Should we jump on this
bandwagon, or not?
November 18, 2004
I feel that the Democratic Party is becoming less concerned about
Israel. Why are we growing more concerned about non-quintessential
issues like taxing the rich? Is there a growing sense of anti-Semitism
amongst the Democratic elite as there is in Europe? Why is it that
we are going much the way of socialism?
November 11, 2004
Can you offer a glimmer of hope, as to how the country may come
to its collective senses? What has to happen in order for people
to wake up? Please suggest how I can look on the bright side. I
really need a silver lining to this enormous grey cloud.
October 28, 2004
I feel good about voting for Kerry on the Iraq issue, even though
I'm a more 'conservative' independent usually. Where I have doubts
is on Kerry's approach to the economy. What makes you think he'll
do a good job on the economy?
October 22, 2004
I will be voting for John Kerry on November 2nd, and I truly believe
he will start the much-needed (possibly painful) turn-around that
America sorely needs. I understand that the mess we are in now will
not disappear overnight. But I am afraid that the rest of the country
will blame the Democrats.
October 15, 2004
Liberals may not want the government in our bedroom, but when it
comes to the rest of the house, liberals seem to want the government
in every other room. Why can't the government stay out of my entire
house - bedroom included?
October 8, 2004
Why do we bother with debates by the vice-presidential candidates?
Does it make any impact on the outcome at all to have the vice-presidential
candidates debate? By Auntie Pinko
I am absolutely disheartened by the latest polls and by my anxiety
over all the shenanigans of Karl Rove. How optimistic are you, dear
Auntie? Please, please lift up my morale!
September 16, 2004
An election season twofer from Auntie to celebrate 150 columns on
September 9, 2004
I believe there are some things that are always wrong and always
immoral, and that I shouldn't have to approve of them or even "tolerate"
them. Is there anything, besides "intolerance," that liberals think
is always immoral?
September 2, 2004
Is the press really turning into a branch of government? Is there
anything we can do about it?
August 26, 2004
I have to admit a perverse desire to vote for Bush this November.
Sometimes it seems easier and more productive to break the system
than to try and fix it. Is there any merit to this?
August 19, 2004
I'm a moderate with no strong political ties to either party. So
here is my question... why am I hated by both sides yet coveted
as a voter?
August 12, 2004
I am a Mexican national. My daughter was born in America, so she
is an American citizen by birth. For me it is an honor teaching
as much as I know about American history, culture and the real meaning
of being an American citizen, even if I do not have the honor of
July 22, 2004
I am very young and have not paid any attention to politics at all
until about a year ago. My question is, has any other president
been treated like this before? How bad is Bush compared to the 42
other men in his position over the entire history of this country?
July 15, 2004
I'm all confused and worried. Are my marriage and my children's
marriages in danger from all those married gay people in Massachusetts?
What are they going to do to us? Will they find a way to make us
July 8, 2004
Why is everyone writing off Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911
as "propaganda for the faithful?" As far as I can tell, none of
Moore's factual material was inaccurate, and he was honest about
his opinions. What's the difference between an "opinion piece" and
July 1, 2004
A couple of friends of mine who have been staunch Republicans all
their lives are making noises about being unhappy with Bush. Is
there anything I can do to get them firmly on our side?
June 17, 2004
I am a Catholic who was born in the early 1980s. Needless to say,
I don't really remember very much about Ronald Reagan. I was definitely
under the impression that he was not such a great President, but
now I'm not so sure. Should I be petitioning the Pope to canonize
June 10, 2004
Since Jefferson and the lads, when they wrote the "Sacred Scripture"
of the Constitution, regarded what they wrote as universal, does
this mean non-United States citizens have a "right" to
exercise the rights associated with the Constitution? Such as voting
for the removal of the Presidential incumbent?
June 3, 2004
With all the money that George Soros has given to political
groups, do you think that he is a threat to democracy?
May 27, 2004
Well, a bunch of gay couples got married in Massachusetts this week.
Can we expect the Rapture before the end of the month?
May 20, 2004
NOW is it time for us to get out of Iraq?
May 13, 2004
Who's responsible for what happened in Abu Ghraib? The reservists
on duty? Their commanding officers? Military Intelligence? The Pentagon
(Rumsfeld)? The Bush Administration? Who?
April 29, 2004
The current administration has mentioned several times that increasing
home values and record home ownership is evidence that our economy
is strong, and average folks are benefiting. But it's getting more
and more difficult to afford a house. In your opinion, are 'average
folks' really benefiting from the housing boom?
April 22, 2004
I am an 8-year veteran of the US Army. My question is simple: where
were the anti-war activists during Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, and Rwanda?
I see this "movement" against war that I feel is insincere. I believe,
from my experience, that you people do more to damage the safety
of others than help.
April 1, 2004
If Bush turns running Iraq over to the Iraqi people in July, will
there be enough time for everything to go to hell in a handbasket
before the election? How many American lives is it likely to cost
in the mean time? And if John Kerry is elected, do you think he
will bring the troops home right away? And if he does, will the
Iraqis stop blowing things up and shooting people?
March 25, 2004
I've had good luck in finding jobs where I can get health insurance
so far, even when it costs so much. But what am I going to do when
I get too old to find jobs with health insurance? I read how employers
that provide health insurance are more and more reluctant to hire
older workers because they push up health insurance bills. Will
Medicare be around when I retire? Will it be worth anything?
March 18, 2004
Is casino gambling the answer to states' economic woes?
March 4, 2004
I just saw the movie "The Fog of War" about Robert McNamara and
the US involvement in Vietnam. It left me with a lot of questions.
Did we have a good reason for getting into Vietnam? Did we have
a good reason for getting out when we did? And are there really
a lot of similarities between Vietnam and Iraq?
February 26, 2004
I'm very confused about the business of free trade. Obviously Bush
is doing the wrong thing, but are the Democratic candidates doing
the right thing? I can't imagine either strategy (protectionism
or free trade) really being good for everyone in the long run, but
what's the answer?
February 19, 2004
Rather than answer a question from someone this week, Auntie would
like to beg your indulgence while I start something new. Because
I feel so very strongly about the issue of REGISTERING VOTERS (as
you may have seen last week) I want to do something special, involving
you - Democratic Underground readers!
February 12, 2004
I am a Democrat ready to hit the streets and campaign for a truly
ELECTED president. I can't wait! Anyone but Bush! What do you think
is the best use of my time until the front-runner emerges?
February 5, 2004
Today, it's Auntie's Odds & Ends - several smaller items that
have been floating around in the mailbag for awhile...
January 22, 2004
Many of my friends are conservatives who make the case that although
vouchers may not be the complete answer to what ails our public
schools, it is at least a fresh idea with some perhaps limited promise.
Same argument about charter schools. I desperately want to throw
some Democratic ideas back at them to show that my party is not
totally bereft of fresh thinking on this subject but I don't really
know of anything the party is promoting.
January 15, 2004
Whenever there is an increase in the alert "color," what does that
REALLY mean for the average person, even in New York? Become more
vigilant? Look for anything that is suspicious? I am at a loss as
to what to look for. What is "more suspicious?" How come in the
past, security was able to operate without all these "advertisements?"
Who are the real terrorists?
January 8, 2004
While I did vote for Bush in the 2000 elections and would rather
not re-live the Florida re-count (yet again!), don't you think it's
time that Democrats everywhere move on? And one of my biggest gripes
with the Democrats has been this obsession that we need to involve
the UN in the handling of Iraq...
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